An interim board for the SABC could be established within a week, Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda said, according to a report on

"…That interim board, we hope to have in place in a few weeks, hopefully in two weeks, a week," said Nyanda at a debate on the future of public broadcasting at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

"As we face this crisis, we are looking upon parliamentary process to help pass a motion that will dissolve the current board… the president will then appoint an interim board."

Seven members of the board have recently resigned after reports of the SABC's financial woes surfaced in April – the SABC is seeking a R2-billion bail-out from the government.

Panellists included representatives from the Independent Communications Authority of SA
Nyanda said public participation would then take place during the process of appointing a new permanent board.

Also present at the debate – hosted by the MJ Naidoo foundation for social justice – was former communications minister Jay Naidoo and media academic Anton Harber. Panellists included representatives from the Independent Communications Authority of SA as well as the Save our SABC campaign.

Dressed in an apple green jersey and black jacket, Nyanda waited over two hours before being given the chance to make the closing remarks of the debate.

"We must build a public broadcaster that is the pride of the country," he said.

"We may have had the best design before we stumbled and found ourselves where we are, but it is our responsibility to pick ourselves up and march forward."

Public broadcasting legislation would not be changed In the short-term.

"People talk about… the need to revisit policy on public broadcasting. I welcome these suggestions but we have immediate things we have to attend to.

"At the current moment we operate according to the law… Even with deficiencies, we have come to realise it is still incumbent… to work according to existing legislation."

For example, he said the ministry was mindful of the "desperation" of people like independent producers who had not bee paid by the SABC.

"These are things that need to be attended to as soon as possible."

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